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True Romance (1993)

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In Detroit, a lonely pop culture geek marries a call girl, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood. Meanwhile, the owners of the cocaine, the Mob, track them down in an attempt to reclaim it.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Slater ... Clarence Worley
Patricia Arquette ... Alabama Whitman
Dennis Hopper ... Clifford Worley
Val Kilmer ... Mentor
Gary Oldman ... Drexl Spivey
Brad Pitt ... Floyd - Dick's Roommate
Christopher Walken ... Vincenzo Coccotti
Bronson Pinchot ... Elliot Blitzer
Samuel L. Jackson ... Big Don
Michael Rapaport ... Dick Ritchie
Saul Rubinek ... Lee Donowitz
Conchata Ferrell ... Mary Louise Ravencroft
James Gandolfini ... Virgil
Anna Levine ... Lucy (as Anna Thomson)
Victor Argo ... Lenny
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Storyline

In Detroit, Clarence Worley goes to the movie theater alone on the day of his birthday to watch some movies. The gorgeous Alabama Whitman accidentally drops her popcorn on Clarence and they watch the movie together. Later they go to a diner for pie, and end up having a one night stand. In the morning, Alabama confesses that she is a call-girl hired to spend the night with him, but she has fallen in love with him. In the morning they get married and Clarence goes to the club where she worked to bring her some clothes. However, her pimp Drexl Spivey and his partner beat up Clarence and he reacts by killing them both. Clarence asks for Alabama's suitcase with her clothes and the other girls mistakenly give another one with cocaine. When Clarence discovers the mistake, he decides to travel with Alabama to the house of his friend, the aspiring actor Dick Ritchie, to sell the drug and travel to Mexico. He visits his father Clifford Worley and gives his address to him. But the Sicilian Mafia... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language, and for sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

10 September 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$12,281,500
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| (unrated director's cut)

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Dolby SR | Dolby | DTS (5.1)| Dolby Digital (5.1)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The scene in which Nicky (Chris Penn) and Cody (Tom Sizemore) interrogate Elliot (Bronson Pinchot) was improvised by the three actors. See more »

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In an establishing shot in front of the theater, supposedly in Detroit, where Clarence is watching Shin'ichi Chiba movies, there is a street sign in the background which clearly says "Hollywood Boulevard". The theater itself is Vista Theater, a legendary smaller theater in East Hollywood. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Clarence Worley: In "Jailhouse Rock" he was everything rockabilly's about. I mean, he is rockabilly. Mean, surly, nasty, rude. In that movie he couldn't give a fuck about nothing except rockin' and rollin', living fast, dying young and leaving a good-looking corpse.
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Alternate Versions

The US theatrical version runs 118 minutes and was heavily cut for violence in order to receive an R-rating. This version was released to US theaters in 1993 and as a rental VHS in the US in 1994. It still occasionally shows up on premium cable and streaming services. The Director's Cut (also known as the 'Unrated' edition) runs 121 minutes and is the only version that has been released on DVD and Blu-Ray worldwide, initially appearing as a buy-only VHS and laserdisc in the US. The Director's Cut changes the following: -The death of Big Don and his dealer is more violent. -Drexl beating up Clarence and the subsequent shoot-out in Drexl's club are longer. -The extremely brutal fight between Virgil and Alabama is over a full minute longer and ends with Alabama beating Virgil's body over the head repeatedly with the butt of the shotgun. -The final shootout in the hotel room is longer and bloodier. -Instead of being killed by a random mafioso, Nicky is shot by Alabama in the Director's Cut. See more »

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Enough memorable scenes and talented stars to fuel a half a dozen blockbusters.
8 April 2004 | by andrus943See all my reviews

With at least 12 `starring actors' in character and supporting rolls, half of them legends or mega stars; this Tarantino tale defies a short review. The different levels on which this movie works are impressive. As a love story we begin to believe that the quirky `loser' couple is unconditionally bound together. As a pseudo `film noir' we begin to care about the fate of the central characters. In the suspense/thriller/crime drama mode there are plenty twists and turns to push us to the edge and pull us back just in time. The action scenes are deliciously violent and unlike most other films, this one gives us pinches of humor sprinkled in amidst the mayhem. Even `the King' alter ego is woven in credibly enough to improve our understanding of the Clarence Worley character.

The plot, albeit original, fresh and mesmerizing, seems somehow secondary to the characters and the characterizations. Any of several rolls could have been performed over the top by what seemed to be an ensemble cast. But director Scott lets the talent go just far enough. Even the remainder of the supporting cast is wonderful; Saul Rubinek in particular does a terrific job as the puffed-up/ego-feeding movie producer. Hollywood missed giving this movie and its cast proper recognition.

With enough memorable scenes and talented stars to fuel a half a dozen blockbusters, True Romance gives us the `best bang for our buck' in years. The Walken/Hopper scene alone is worth the `price of admission' not to mention the Gandolfini/Arquette and Slater/Oldman match ups. This can only be described as a `wonderfully wicked movie' for its tantalizing content, smart dialog and toothsome violence.

Put the kiddies to bed, be prepared for rough language, adult themes and graphic violence and enjoy a `not for the faint of heart' masterpiece.


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